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Old 06-27-2011, 10:18 PM   #12
Xiao Yao You
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Default Re: How good do you think we are next year?

Seven first or second team All-NBA players have come from the 2003 - 2005 drafts: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Deron Williams. In the last year, four have switched teams, and two more -- Paul and Howard -- could soon join them.

Losing a franchise player, especially one acquired in the draft and beloved by the fans, is a gut-wrenching process. But by understanding why stars leave and pro-actively accelerating the rebuilding process, Utah is in a much better position than any of the other four franchises who lost one.

Remains to be seen. They had a star, now they have potential stars. Big difference.

By the end of the 2010 season, after three straight playoff defeats to the Los Angeles Lakers, it was clear the Utah Jazz had reached their ceiling.

It was? It was clear that Deron needed help and Okur, Boozer and his replacement Jefferson weren't it.

The resulting bounty was huge

Again that remains to be seen. How big could the bounty have been if they hadn't taken the 2nd offer from the one team that knew he was available though instead of shopping him to the highest bidder?

as well as two lottery selections -- the Nets’ picks in 2010 (Derrick Favors) and 2011.

And GS pick next year.

Utah is one of the NBA’s most promising young teams. They have four long-term starters on rookie deals who “fit” well together

Remains to be seen.

Gordon Hayward, a 6’9 shooter

He grew?

And with a strong core in place, they have the luxury of trading their three remaining veterans -- Harris, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap -- to find complementary pieces.

Millsap is the ultimate complementary piece. You forgot Okur's expiring contract plus a possible sign and trade of AK.

Utah understood that

Did they really understand? It's all about money in Utah. Winning is an after thought.

Compare them with their division rival in Denver, who tried to reload instead of rebuild when dealing Carmelo Anthony. They were able to stay in the playoff picture, but now

Did they have much choice? Carmelo had them hand-tied. Again how much more could the Jazz have gotten if they had been as patient as Denver?

As a result, the Nuggets are going to be stuck in the 5-8 playoff range the next few years while the Jazz eventually rocket past them, in much the same way as the Thunder did.

Remains to be seen. Nuggets have expiring contracts that could bring the star(s) they need to play with their young core.

Just look at the situation in New Jersey: in a draft-night interview, Nets coach Avery Johnson cited Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams and Marshon Brooks as the core they would build around Williams. This is the group supposed to convince a 27-year old in the prime of his career not to test free agency?

Lopez is better than Favors or Kanter until they prove otherwise. He's in the running for the 2nd best center in the league, especially with Deron there now.

Deron Williams is the best player on either the Jazz or the Nets, but going forward, I’d rather have Utah’s roster than New Jersey’s.

I'd rather have Deron and an owner willing to do what it takes to win big.
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